A vertical bar appears constantly on the LCD and the photos taken are extremely distorted. See a sample photo: http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/8445/img0866resizedte3.jpg
Also, on some occasions when I turn it on I get a message "Change the
battery pack" even though it is fully charged. I turn it off and on a
few times and after a few times it turns on. The camera is new (bought in the U.S) about 7 months ago. I'm on vacation abroad (Stockholm) and it is very frustrating... is it possible that airport equipment has caused it?
I would appreciate any advice you guys can provide.
I have vertical bars apperaing on my Olympus SP-560,
In my case I know it has been caused by damp on the light sensor behind the lens, which once dried was better. But ideally I need to remove the lens to clean the sensor. Which I've still yet to work how it is done.
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If your Canon A85 shows distorted image in live view (camera mode) then its known problem of ccd imager chip failure. Check below image. canon offers free of cost ccd imager chip replacement in A85 model. Please confirm if its canon A85 camera or any other model to provide you more info.
If these are single pixels on the LCD screen, they are normal. From pg. 8 of the user's guide:
"The LCD monitor is manufactured using extremely high-precision technology so over 99.99% of the pixels are operational for effective use. However, there may be some tiny black points and/or bright points (white, red, blue or green in color) that constantly appear on the LCD monitor. These points are normal in the manufacturing process and do not affect the images in any way. "
This may also be helpful.
"images may trail across the LCD monitor in a cold location. This is not a malfunction. When turning on the camera in a cold location, the LCD monitor may become temporarily dark. "
Just as I got on line to this site I saw your problem being typed in and it's the exact same issue I am having with my Finepix 5000. I've owned it for all of 4 plus years with no problems and really decent photos. I'm getting a blurred image with green/magenta colors when I look through the viewfinder. When I take a photo, it shows the same. It wasn't dropped or even barely touched between the last good photo taken and this. Attached is an example of above description. I would appreciate any advise. See below.
It appears the CCD image sensor is going bad. Both these cameras are specified in Canon's technical notice regarding this issue. If Canon determines that this is the problem (and almost certainly it is), they will repair your cameras at no cost, regardless of warranty status. If you're not in the US, contact your regional Canon service facility.
This is almost certainly a CCD image sensor problem. The PowerShot A70 has a Product Advisory on this very issue and if you are indeed experiencing it, Canon will repair the camera at no charge regardless of how long you've owned the camera.
If the LCD screen shows this distortion in all shooting modes, yet you can see the menu (press the MENU button) just fine and/or any images taken previous to the malfunction without distortion then you've got it!
Call Canon Tech Support at 1-800-828-4040 (M-F; 8 am - midnight EST) and tell them you think you might have the CCD Image Sensor issue and they will take care of it.
The camera may have moved when the picture was taken. Try steadily squeezing the button intead of a quick press.
2.Try using a tripod, this could fix the blurred images.
3. faster shutter speed will be needed if you need to hold the camera, and cannot use a tripod.
4. Main reason for the lines could be that the subject is to bright. A vertical bar of light(red, purple) appears on the LCD monitor/ in the viewfinder This is a normal occurrence in devices containing CCDs (Digital Cameras) and does not mean a malfunction. (This red bar of light will not be recorded when shooting still photos, but it will be recorded when shooting movies.)
Solution to the last point would be to try and switch of the flash if it is in use. Turn the ISO setting (50, 100, 200) to a lower one as well.